The Collaboration Process . Shambhala Arts . Living, Ageing Death and Dying .
Natural Affairs Group (NAGA)
. Business, Economics and Wealth .
Social Action, Ethics and Politics
Education and Youth . Health and Social Well-Being . Leadership, Communication and Community

  • Introduction

During the Shambhala International Kalapa Assembly that occurred in Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada, from June 2 to 11, 2000, many of the 650 participants engaged in small group collaborative sessions or workshops. The purpose of the Collaborations was to provide an opportunity for Shambhala citizens to work together on the practical realities of manifesting enlightened society. Throughout the Collaboration process, participants grappled with how to prioritize and work on issues productively, include people with diverse opinions and create community. The main point of the exercise was to learn to mix Shambhala principles with practical life issues and to foster the skills and relationships necessary to manifest enlightened society in the world at large. Alan Sloan and Susan Skjei were the overall coordinators of the Kalapa Assembly Collaborations. The process guidelines that Alan developed are included with the group submissions that follows.

The topics that these groups pursued came forth from requests to the Assembly participants for discussion topics pertaining to the development of Shambhala society. At the Assembly participants chose the group they wanted to work with. These met for appropriately two-and-half hour sessions over two to four days. At the conclusion of the collaborations, the facilitators submitted brief reports or expressions reflecting the group activity and, in most cases, the manner in which the pursuits might continue after the Assembly. These were presented in synopsis to Sakyong Jamgön Mipham Rinpoche and a full convocation of the Kalapa Assembly

These final submissions are presented here. Contact names are provided for each group. These individuals can be communicated with by anyone inspired to become part of a continuing process.

Richard Peisinger

Kalapa Assembly Director

List of Collaboration Groups
at Kalapa Assembly 2000

The Collaboration Process
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Planning Guidelines for Collaborative Groups

Facilitation Guidelines for Area and Collaborative Group Leaders

Shambhala Arts  
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Shambhala Artists Network (SANe)

Quality of Life and Urban Environment

Creative Writers

Namthar -- the Literary E-Journal of Shambhala


The Arts in Shambhala

The Labyrinth

Living, Ageing Death and Dying  
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Planned Community Housing

Council on Ageing

Death and Dying

Natural Affairs Group (NAGA)
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Business, Economics and Wealth
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Leveraging Information, Know-How and Expertise

Leveraging Connections and Relationships

Leveraging Financial Assets

Social Action, Ethics and Politics  
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"When Bad Things Happen to Good Communities" A Draft Policy on Alcohol Use

Presenting Shambhala Principles to Non-Practitioners

Education and Youth  
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Not Being Afraid of Who You Are; It Starts at Home -- It Starts with Us

Health and Social Well-Being  
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Integrating Shambhalian View and Action into Mind-Body Healing and Health

Speaking from the Heart

Meridian-Based Psychotherapy

Social and Community Health

Leadership, Communication and Community  
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Leadership in Centres

Bringing Shambhala Principles to the Workplace

The Architecture of Shambhala: Neighbourhood Centres/Regional Program Centres

Open Space Technology -- The Halifax Meeting Model


Feminine Principle and Great Eastern Sun

Conflict Resolution

The Shambhala Institute

The Shambhala Friendship Society of the Maritimes

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